Senators petition SecState to freeze climate bailout money

Climate-related appropriations grew from $315 million in fiscal 2009 to $1.3 billion in fiscal 2010. CLIMATE: GOP senators decry ‘bailout’ for developing countries Gabriel Nelson, E&E reporter http://www.eenews.net/eenewspm/print/2010/12/02/4 Top-ranking Republicans on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee have asked Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton to freeze all future requests for climate-related spending, saying…

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SOHO – 15 years today

Dr. Leif Svalgaard advises via email that today is the 15th anniversary of the SOHO(Solar and Heliospheric Observatory). Here’s a story to celebrate one of the most successful space missions ever, still going strong. – Anthony SOHO Celebrates 15 Years (December 2, 2010) (Design: Alex Lutkus) Congratulations are in order for SOHO! It launched on…

Researchers find mathematical patterns to forecast earthquakes

Via Eurekalert: Researchers from the Universidad Pablo de Olavide (UPO) and the Universidad de Sevilla (US) have found patterns of behaviour that occur before an earthquake on the Iberian peninsula. The team used clustering techniques to forecast medium-large seismic movements when certain circumstances coincide. “Using mathematical techniques, we have found patterns when medium-large earthquakes happen,…

Breaking: Japan refuses to extend Kyoto treaty at Cancun

Japan in 1997: Japan today: Cancún climate change summit: Japan refuses to extend Kyoto protocol Talks threatened with breakdown after forthright Japanese refusal to extend Kyoto emissions commitments * John Vidal guardian.co.uk, Wednesday 1 December 2010 18.16 GMT Japan refuses to extend Kyoto protocol. ‘The forthrightness of the statement took people by surprise,’ said one…

A Fertilizer Trading Market?

The last fertilizer trading market, at the Chicago Climate Exchange, died and closed due to nobody wanting to buy the brand of fertilizer they were selling. Besides that example, I have to think this might not fare any better, simply because farmers really don’t want yet another intrusion into their lives by the Maryland Department…